Season of Thanks and Ways of Giving

Season of Thanks and Ways of Giving
November 20, 2019 m_scully
by Joanne Porter
As the year comes to an end, I am extremely thankful for the continued job stability at my work, a roof over our heads, healthy kids, and the friendships forged this year.  My husband calls this season “my feel good” season, meaning that I am usually involved in some acts of giving and volunteering.

A few local nonprofits that I love to give to and volunteer with:

1. Sacramento Valley Conservancy.  This is an amazing local organization that preserves the beautiful open landscape nearby our community.  I have done a few volunteering events cleaning up trash from newly acquired land.  They are also active in the local community leading community hikes, mountain bike rides, photography, and trail runs at Deer Creek preserve.  A simple way to give is using smile amazon.  Click on the link and 0.5% of your purchase at no cost to you will go towards this amazing organization.  Their website also has a lot of ways to contribute financially or volunteer with administrative work or trail building.



The North Pond at Deer Creek Hills Preserve

2. Another great organization is Mj’s’ project.

This idea was conceived by a local teen who desire to help other homeless and at risk teens with access to tampons, pads, hygiene, shoes, clothing, and bare necessities that are not available otherwise.  They are always looking for donations of shoes, tampons, pads, and food for the long holidays when the teens don’t have food.  They also help collect prom dresses, shoes, accessories for prom season.  Recently they started to help collect washing machine and dryer for some teens at local high schools to do laundry at the school.  You can see their direct needs on their facebook page to help stock the local school “pantries” of supplies.

Girl’s tampons and pads donations are always needed.

closet at a local high school

If you have purses that you no longer love or needs a home, please consider donating them to Julie Nakayama’s group called Julie’s Purse Project.  She is an awesome local mom of two boys who is passionate about helping others one purse at a time.  The purses are filled with tampons, pads, condoms, hygiene items, and a note of with kind words to offer hope.  Her main mission is to help sex trafficked victims but when the fires broke out, she rallied and gather more purses and essentials for the fire victims.  Also the purses are given to female prisoners upon their release from Folsom prison. Click on this link to see donation drop off locations near you.
4. Project Hope Center 501c3 nonprofit provides care-packages for women prior to their release from Folsom Women’s Facility state prison. Each care-package includes a pair of new women’s loafers, bras, blouses, pants, and purses from Julie’s Purse Project 501c3. Sandra Munoz Braidman, who runs this nonprofit, meet with each woman inside Folsom Women’s Facility and help them to develop their individual Reentry plan (statewide) which includes care packages.

Drop off locations for bras/loafers/clothing, etc:
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 1pm to 5pm
815 Sutter Street, Suite F
Folsom Ca 95630

4. Women’s Empowerment

I recently volunteered here to help teach computer literacy skills to homeless women.  They take attendance for every class, and share their struggles at the beginning of group and also set their positive intentions.  They are hosting a stocking drive right now. Women and teen stockings are especially needed.  There is a wishlist for the stockings or you can also donate online through their website.

5. Sacramento Children’s Receiving home

Since 1944 Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento (CRH) has been a refuge for children and youth affected by abuse, neglect and trauma.  As the region’s first line of defense for children and youth who have been removed from their homes, CRH is committed to breaking the cycle of abuse and to changing the lives of abused children and their families.

You can help by using their smile amazon link:

or shop their wishlist

also December 1-29 they are also collecting holiday gifts for the children.

All donations made to the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento are tax deductible. Please be sure to fill out a donation receipt available in lobby so they can thank you and send you a tax-deduction letter.



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